Discussion in 'Buffalo Bandits Forum' started by dougm, Apr 29, 2018.
no fake beard but he does have that glasses funny nose disguise and zero lacrosse knowledge
Yeah not like I've been going to games for 23 years, played for 12, and worked for the NLL for 6. Total lack of knowledge. *eyeroll*
6 years you say
Your fb profile determined that was a lie
Drops mic good night
Aren't you the same asshole who had a fit about free bobbleheads?
Someone with that kind of knowledge and experience would not blame 240 goals against on 1 defender "scrub" who was injured almost 1/2 the year. By the way, the Bandits gave up more goals last year with said "scrub" playing mostly offense and scoring 24 goals. Go ahead.....look it up.
Maybe Steenhuis' lack of presence on defense for half the games resulted in them giving up 240 goals?
Hey when you are playing a man down half the game because you have a fake d-man out there then diagnosis of the problem becomes apparent rather quickly. Steenhuis is washed up pure and simple.
It is like when Buffalo was clinging to JT as well. He finally retired and Buffalo had a great season the next year iirc.
IIRC BUFFALOL HAD A GOOD SEASON IN 2015 WITH JOHNNY TAVARES ON THE TEAM, SO STFU YOU SILLY GOOSE.
That was his last season. He was being phases out on shifts. Look at his time played.
THE BANDITS STILL HAD A SWELL SEASON WITH HIM IN 2015, KHawksLost2000.
Keep talking and keep showing you have no clue. Defense is a team game -- people who have been around the game like you supposedly have would know that. And this wasn't his first go around on defense, either. He's played there before including last year in summer ball. With your logic, I guess you could say that Peterborough won the Mann Cup because of him on defense.
His argument probably would've been that Peterborough wouldn't have needed 6 games to win the Mann Cup had Steenhuis not been out there in the first place.
Hey! the fantasy lacrosse guy! Let's hope someone like ARF brings up some of the legacy threads complaining about the quality of that stuff.
yes he is
Anyway moving on, a real goalie would help tons. Buque needs to either get taller or learn how to keep his shoulders high. All season the whole league just picked the corners on him and once they got bored with that they just put it through him. How many goals this year did he "get a piece of" just to have it roll in behind him. One or two a year fine but it happened every single game.
Higgins is a fine back-up but as a starter he's just to inconsistent. He'll make a few amazing saves ,play a solid looking game but you then check the scoreboard and you've given up 13 goals because a 1/2 weak ones sneak by. He was the better of the two this year though. I have no idea how to remedy this problem but since you can beef up the defense in the draft this year and the offense is fine on paper seems this is the obvious place to focus
It's tough to find elite goalies. There's only a few so you're almost stuck with what you have unless you try some sort of blockbuster deal like they did with Cosmo. The gave up the farm to get Cosmo, and he was merely average. Maybe one is an UFA. If you're stuck with some combination of Buque/Higgins/DiRuscio, the first place to look is at the defense. If they had 2 all-star defensemen, the goalies' numbers would have to improve.
Buque is only 25, so he may continue to develop. I wonder if his size is an issue on the larger nets? I'd still be willing to give DiRuscio a shot, as well, especially if they lose Higgins.
I think the summer league nets are the same height as the NLL nets and seeing as Buque was getting beat over the shoulders on many goals, it's not the height of the nets that's the difference. I believe they are different widths and if you can't cover the width of the nets, footwork could be more the issue.
The 2016 draft was the goalie rich draft with Hill, Jamieson and Orleman all going in the 2nd round. None of them are starters and Orleman was even outright cut by the Bandits (he's on a Swarm practice squad right now). When Jamieson has played in NE, he's looked bad. Hill is also on the Swarm roster and in 43 minutes of mop up duty, has a GAA over 15 and a save % of .732 which isn't a great number in the NLL.
Summer nets are 3" narrower, and, you can play with a large woodstick, or 15" wide 'wall' type plastic stick vs. the NLL's 12" poolskimmer
This, coupled with more liberties on defence, makes a huge difference in scores - 8-7 is more typical than 13-11
A guy like Buque, or Rose, can stand behind a solid D unit, take a wider stance, cut off the angles, and.......look pretty well almost as good as a Matt Vinc. There's no five-hole, the space at the far side is 3" tighter, and it's much harder to snipe from 15 or 20'......to get good looks, you need to bang inside and make the goalie move off one post or the other......and, when you try to do that, the defence will clutch, grab, hack, slash, decapitate.....
So, yeah, big goalies like these can look like world beaters in summer ball. Far less quickness and athleticism required to react, get across and arm-save the far-side-top-cheese shots, or stick/kick save the low far side shots. Just hug the shortside post, and count on your D to make sure the cross floor pass doesnt happen.
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